I’ve been fortunate enough to be contributing for this blog for two and a half years now… How time flies! Through this time I have made many new friends, had the opportunity to interact with other fans and authors, but most of all I have been really lucky to know this guy sometimes called Stargazer after discovering his blog while searching for material about Savage Worlds. I was fortunate enough to be here when Michael invited other writers to contribute to the blog. So as a contributor I became a roadie to this show he’s been running, a roadie to the rock star himself, the STARGAZER!
Stargazer’s Worlds had its anniversary a couple of days ago and I thought it would be fitting that for the 4year anniversary I’d turn the tables on the our fearless leader and interview the guy responsible for the blog and giving us contributors a forum to talk about our passion, role-playing games.
Sunglar: Hello Michael, why don’t you begin by telling us a little bit about you? Who are you? Who is the man doing the stargazing?
Michael: Who am I? Good question. My usual response is that I’m a 37 year old German guy who loves roleplaying games, gaming in general, has an interest in astronomy, science in general and who enjoys writing about his hobby.
Sunglar: I think you have talked about this before on the blog, but just in case there are any new readers, how did you get into gaming?
If you follow me over social media (and you can find out how to at the little bio at the end of this post) you might have read my gushing praise for The Spiraling Worm a Cthulhu Mythos collection of short stories, interconnected by a common set of characters, some stories flowing from one to the next flawlessly. All the stories put together almost seem like a novel set in a Delta Green like universe.
I discovered the book while watching episode 193 of Game Geeks, the Agents of Oblivion review (A very good book BTW, Michael posted about it here and here) which referred me to their previous review of The Spiraling Worm book, episode 58 from way back in 2008. This book has been out for a while, how did I miss it?
I have read a lot of Cthulhu Mythos books, collections of HP Lovecraft’s works and those he inspired. The results can be hit or miss. I usually enjoy them but many collections are a mixed bag of gems and turds. So far my favorite Cthulhu Mythos anthology was Shadows over Baker Street, containing the wonderful (and available for free here) A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman. The Spiraling Worm just became my favorite anthology.
While reading it I had to go back and reread some of Lovecraft stories I had not read in a long time, The Shadow Out of Time and At the Mountains of Madness. Stories in the book weave the mythology of the Mythos in, what seems to me, fresh and modern ways. These days more and more I find myself passing along books I read so other might enjoy them, partly due to my desire of sharing a good book, and partly due to not having space to keep books I will probably never read again; this is not the case here! This book is going up on the shelf and I may need to get a new one to lend to friends. It is that good…
Kudos to David Conyers and John Sunseri for such wonderful stories and making me into a fan. If you’ve read it, you know how good it is, if you haven’t, read it, you won’t be sorry. Now to get The Eye of Infinity…
And just what is CONcurrent you ask? It’s an online convention parallel to the best four days in gaming taking place in Indie. CONcurrent is the brainchild of Daniel Pérez, aka Highmoon. Like many of us he won’t be able to make it to Gen Con this year, but he doesn’t want to miss the experience of sharing with other gamers who are equally enthusiastic but can’t make the trip. Thus the idea of a virtual convention was born.
It will be held from Wednesday August 15 to Sunday 19 and its being coordinated though a Google+ page and the Con Planner tool provided by the fine folk at Fear the Boot. I’ve already begun planning my participation. Right now it’s a Savage Worlds sci-fi game via Google+ hangout Saturday night and an off-site activity, a Beer Tasting Meet and Greet to be held at a soon to be determined location in Puerto Rico accompanied by a Google+ Hangout to share the experience with other CONCurrent participant.
I’m also interested on hosting two panels, one on Hispanic Gamers and another one on Campaign Longevity, but I am looking for others interested in participating and helping. If either topic interests you be sure to leave a comment so we can get in touch. I’m on Eastern Standard Time but we can accommodate with scheduling during the weekend.
If you can’t make it to Gen Con, or are intrigued by the possibility of a virtual con, want to run a game or simply want to game or join a panel, drop by the CONcurrent Con Planner page and join the fun!
See you all in August…
PS – There is another virtual con coming up next week, Indie+, here is their official page and their Google+ page in case you want to participate.